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Things on the ice have wrapped up at the Curling Club but there is still a big event to look forward to before we can say the season is over.

This year’s major club fundraiser, “Magical Masquerade” happened Saturday, April 22 from 6-11 p.m. This evening of fun featured a gourmet meal, adult interactive magic show and a silent auction.

I spent a lot of time watching a lot of curling on TV the last few weeks and have been absolutely inspired by the shot-making that has been displayed. I think we should run Intro Curling at the club at this time of year so that people who have never thrown a rock but who watch the game on TV can see how difficult it is to make some of those shots.

Watching the World Men’s semifinals last night I was blown away by the last two shots of the 7th end which should make highlight reels for years to come. First the perfect come around sit on the button pressure shot by the Swiss skip when it looked like the opposition was going to count five and then the answering angled double raise take-out by Edin the Swedish skip to count two.

All the leagues in the club wound up their championships, declaring their trophy winners for another season. The Mixed Championship Scotia Bank Trophy was a six-week draw with the final game held on Saturday, April 1st followed by a potluck supper and games night.

All eight teams were in action and prizes were awarded in four events. In the “A” Event curling for the Scotia Bank trophy were the teams skipped by Ken Patterson and Win Cull. Win managed to keep the game close for four ends but Ken and his team took three in the 5th end and never looked back. Club President Paul Belcher was on hand to award the trophy on behalf of Dave Abrams and the Scotia Bank to the winning Patterson rink of Ken and Olga Patterson and two new curlers, Tim Newman and Lisa Clarke.

The other events were closely contested with Les Peter defeating Paul Walker by a point in B event, Walt Kleer over Randy DeClercq in C event, and Tina VanderWallen-Howey posting the win over Paul Belcher in the D final.

Thank you to Scotia Bank for their continued support and sponsorship of our club championship. The evening continued with a delicious potluck supper – we all ate too much! Those who stayed for the Progressive Euchre Tournament had some rousing games with Les Peter taking the No. 1 prize for top points, and Diane Burgess and Brian Clark in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Conveners Les and Nora Peter would like to thank everyone for making the season final a success especially Scotia Bank for their sponsorship; Randy and Wilma DeClercq for their prize donation and Wilma for all her help in the kitchen; Paul and Kris Corrigale for helping with set-up and kitchen duties while we were on the ice; and Dale Fanset our ice technician for extending his season to have the ice ready for us. You rock!

The Tuesday Ladies finished out their season with the Club Championship draw sponsored by ServiceMaster. Carole Stephenson skipping for the first time, with Linda Newman vicing but throwing skip rocks, Marilynn Smith and new curler Erika Ostowercha made up the team that came through with the highest points to claim the trophy. Thanks to ServiceMaster and Lynn and Gary VanPuymbroeck for their continued support and to the Games Committee especially Barb Capel for running the league all season.

The Thursday Ladies completed their season playing a championship round for the Bert Mooney Trophy, one of the oldest trophies awarded in the Women’s section of the club. The final game of the season was played in the morning so that the ladies could have their wind-up luncheon after they came off the ice. Gail Harris with her team of Dorell Clark, Ruth McSpadden and Heather Thompson couldn’t be caught on the final day and took the trophy easily with high points. Again we thank our sponsors, the Mooney family, for their continued support for the Ladies Championship trophy.

The potluck lunch was a hit as usual and thanks to the Games Committee – Marilynn, Diane and Shirley – we appreciate your hard work keeping us organized.

The Men also wrapped up the season with curling and a meal and while Mother Nature wasn’t very nice I did hear the steaks were terrific. It was another night which would see skip Ken Patterson lifting a Club Championship trophy. Ken’s team included Tim Tripp, Eric Schurman and Paul DeCloet. Thank you to Win Cull and his committee for organizing the league all year.

The Rec League had their finals on Friday along with their traditional Wings and Pizza night for all the teams. Three trophies were awarded that night. Vying for the Rec League Championship trophy sponsored by Lisa Hirt and Tillsonburg Travel were team Mixed Bags and team Sheet Stains (never liked that name sorry Shirley). At the completion of six ends of play the teams were tied at 5-5. It took almost another full end of rock throwing to break the tie in a shoot draw to the button! It took 10 rocks, five from each team, before one team was able to put a stone in the house to count! Of course there is no information about how long the teams were in the bar before deciding how to break the tie! Sheet Stains emerged victorious and will have their name engraved on the trophy this year.

In the Copper Mug Trophy Division, Team Sweep This earned the rights to the trophy in a back and forth contest with their opponents, Team Hot Rocks. Sponsor Doris Weiler was on hand to award the trophy to the winners. In the Domino’s Pizza Division, the Rockin’ Rain Makin’ Rebels were gracious winners asking their competition, Team Outsliders to share the trophy limelight with them. How friendly the game! Sponsor Will Pritchard of Domino’s was there to hand out his trophy and prizes to the happy winners. The night was a good wrap-up to the Rec season.

And that for me is a ‘wrap’ as well, six months of curling has gone by quickly. I hope the monthly return of this From the Hack column has kept you informed about our club and my curling opinions! See you again in six months, stay safe!

Curling rocks!